ObjectSecurity has been selected to participate in the first cohort of the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Technology Acceleration Program (SBIR TAP), a program that assembles companies that have received Small Business Innovation Research contracts from the federal government and identifies promising SBIR technologies that have not yet been developed for a commercial market. The program supports small businesses in assessing the commercial viability of their technology, creating actionable commercialization plans, and seeking investment capital. It is without cost to selected participants.
The SBIR TAP program addresses technologies of interest both to AFRL and to the commercial market segments. The Air Force SBIR TAP program provides 25-30 SBIR recipients with a customized support program, designed to accelerate the commercialization of SBIR technologies into new market spaces. Participants use visual tools and models structured around nine questions to identify the business value inside a science or technology innovation.
The goal is assisting SBIR companies in moving their technology from a research phase to marketable solutions for business or consumer demand and to help them grow. Participants attend 16 hours of training over the course of four weeks.
The program consists of engaging, fast-paced and highly-relevant work sessions, facilitated by certified instructors. Companies receive training based on the Wendy Kennedy “So what? Who cares? Why you?” approach to commercial success. Each program is developed around the unique small business teams and their technologies – no “cookie cutter” approaches are used. Participants develop actionable and specific commercialization plans, aligned with the existing support services and organizations so that commercialization assistance continues after the Air Force SBIR Program formally ends.
In summary, the Air Force SBIR TAP supports small businesses in assessing the commercial viability of their technology, creating actionable commercialization plans, and seeking investment capital. The program is without cost to the selected participants. To ensure that any interested SBIR companies have access, the program will be delivered in targeted geographic locations.